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Future Well-Being of Transgender People in the Workplace


Researcher bios and how their research backgrounds relate to this study

Hello, my name is Bo and I'm a grad studies researcher (Master of Design) in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program at OCAD University. My research background (Master of Science, 2007) has been focused on health related topics with published work in the Disability and Rehabilitation journal (Study titled: Questions that individuals with spinal cord injury have regarding their chronic pain: A qualitative study, 2009). I have contributed to the Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD) Symposium on “Visualizing Complex Systems” in 2019 by exhibiting a synthesis map titled “Knowledge-To-Action Lifestyle Map: Information Exchange System Design for Chronic Disease Management.”

I also happen to be a transgender man with personal experience of medical transitioning (started in 2016) in the workplace as a frontline clinical physiotherapist (retired in 2019). My research focuses on exploring experiences of well-being and future design that supports transgender adults in the workplace; guided by the Three Horizons framework to facilitate co-creative conversation with transgender participants/peers.

Purpose of this research project

This research project is a mixed method participatory approach to answering the following primary question: How might we design a future that fully supports optimal well-being of transgender people in the workplace? This study will be exploring: a) Well-being as a multidimensional experience from a gender identity perspective. b) Current trends in support of well-being of Transgender adults in the workplace c) Available resources to harness so that we can design a Trans positive future of optimal well-being. The Three Horizons framework is meant to help guide conversation around complex topics and enable synthesis of insights in the form of mapping pathways towards positive transformative futures.

How this research will help LGBT2SQ people and communities

This research has been designed to be inclusive of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming adults through an online survey and/or semi-structured interviews. This research may contribute to a body of knowledge relevant to gender diversity, social justice, strategic innovation, and help broaden transgender health research areas. Involvement of transgender participants may benefit society at large because they hold a potential to be the catalysis for co-creating a transformative future that increasingly supports ones own and collective well-being.


Adults, at least 18 years old, English Speaking, Person living with a gender identity that is transgender, non-binary, or gender non-conforming.
The anonymous online survey is open to any person identifying as transgender, non-binary, or gender non-conforming.
The confidential semi-structured interview is open to any person who can identify as transgender (trans women, trans men, trans non-binary) whom is working/worked in a frontline occupation such as education, healthcare, public services.


This research is not funded and therefore no incentive or compensation is involved. Interview participants will have a chance to learn about using the Three Horizons Framework (a foresight exercise) and will receive current background information on well-being. Interview participants have the option to be recognized for their contributions by permitting attributed quotations. Participation will directly help generate a new future consciousness map of wellbeing that focuses on transgender adults working in frontline occupations.

Mitigation measures

For interview participants, I will provide the participant with a prepared interview guide outlining how the 3-Horizons framework is implemented and what topics will be covered during our session. I have chosen to disclose my transgender identity at the recruitment stage and during the point of interaction with the participant as a means of relatability and to dissipate chance circumstances of perceived judgement and/or bias. Survey participants can skip personal attribute and demographic questions by choosing "rather not say" or "rather not share this information" as a valid response.

Promoting the Study

Academic Institution Webspace []. This url is linked on Twitter @bo_louie.
Digital "Call For Participants" - please refer to attachments for Survey and Interview posters.

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